Fire Department News Releases

 Spring Cleaning Your Yard? Dump it! Don’t Burn it! (Mar. 19, 2021)

Woodstock – March 19, 2021 The Woodstock Fire Department is reminding residents that with Spring’s arrival tomorrow and warmer weather prompting the urge to complete yard maintenance, all that yard waste cannot be burned in your fire pit.

“With spring outdoor cleanup starting, we are seeing a rise with incidents where residents are burning brush and yard debris on their property,” explained Fire Chief Slager.  “While cleaning up debris and limiting the level of flammable vegetation surrounding your home is a good practice, our Open Air Burning bylaw does not allow for the burning of yard debris. The James Street waste depot is a free location to bring this material.”

In Woodstock a permit is required for all outdoor wood burning appliances. You can access the information at

Open air burning can include the use of outdoor fireplaces and cooking fires not involving the use of a barbeque. Some outdoor appliances used are not recommended because there is potential for personal injury, property damage and increased risk of a grass fire.

“Whether in the backyard of your home, the cottage or at a campground, make fire safety a priority,” said Fire Chief Slager. “Open air burning, especially if left unattended, can become difficult to control and can result in a serious widespread fire.”

Always keep fire safety in mind, contact The Woodstock Fire Department for more information or any questions you have about our open air burning requirements.



 Fire – Detached Garage. Woodstove Safety & Precautions (Jan. 24, 2021)

WOODSTOCK, ON – January 24, 2021 – Woodstock firefighters were dispatched to a report of a detached garage fire with smoke and flames showing at 7:38pm Sunday evening. Fire crews arrived within minutes and the fire was quickly brought under control with no damage to the detached house or neighbouring property. Damages are estimated to be $3,000 to property and contents.  A post fire overhaul determined the cause of the fire to be an improperly installed woodstove in the garage.

If you use wood to heat your home or garage you can enjoy the benefits of a wood burning stove in safe comfort by taking a few simple precautions: 

  • - Creosote, a crusty residue left behind from smoke, may ignite into a dangerous fire.  Reduce creosote by burning only clean (non-treated or painted) and seasoned (dry) wood.  Do not burn garbage materials such as paper, plastics, etc.
  • - Regularly remove ashes from ovens and fireplaces and store in a non-combustible container with lid in a safe area.
  • - Keep combustible and household items away from wood burning stoves and fireplaces.
  • - Use a properly fitted screen around fireplaces to help prevent escaping sparks.
  • - Ensure wood burning stoves and fire places are inspected annually by a qualified technician certified by the Wood Energy Technical Training (WETT) program.

Contact your insurance company for further information.

The Fire Prevention Division would also like to remind residents that as per the Ontario Fire Code you are required to have smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Smoke alarms provide you with early warning should a fire occur and can allow for advance time for you and your family to safely escape.

If you require assistance or have questions please contact our Fire Prevention Division at (519) 537-3412 extension 5203 or you can also get safety information from the Woodstock Fire Department website.


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